I know that Laura at Sprint 2 The Table started Strange But Good because, like me she likes to come up with unique and different food ideas. In truth for my part, depending on who you talk to…I just eat strange things! While preparing for this weeks Strange But Good, I had to wonder…how does Laura feel about down right UGLY food?? I suppose I’ll find out soon enough! 😉
Those of you who read BCDC regularly or semi-regularly, know that I love to make beans in the crock pot. I’ll whip up a batch in nothing flat (as long as I remember to soak them!!) With my current refrigerator issues, I didn’t want to do an entire batch because I wasn’t sure they’d survive until I could finish them.
I experimented and made a smaller batch in my smaller crock pot (yes…I have crock pot Options!) I had bought a 2 pound bag of pinto beans at Aldi for, can you believe it…$1.79! Amazing. Pintos aren’t my favorite bean, but I like them well enough and they are as versatile as any bean (and in this case, cheap which is also good.) I put a cup and a half in to soak the night before, rinsed in the morning, put in the crock pot and cooked on high for 3 hours. Perfect! It made enough so that I could get several meals without being overwhelming.
Lunchtime came around on Wednesday and I was wondering what I’d have. I had beans, for sure, also had cottage cheese. Of course, there always seems to be a package of rice cakes living in one of my cabinets.
I mashed up a half cup of the pintos and mixed them with some Mrs. Dash Fiesta Lime seasoning. It’s one of my favorites…very spicy/tangy. I combined it with a quarter cup of low-fat cottage cheese.
Ok…it didn’t get any prettier with the close-up, combined with the fact that there was a huge thunderstorm going on when I was doing this which made the lighting very strange. I tried to pretty it up with some Mrs. Dash on top but that didn’t really help. So, it’s Ugly but it was good. The bonus is that I got 22 grams of protein and 30 % of my iron from this. I recently started trying to be mindful about getting the iron I need and coincidentally (and fortunately) pinto beans are a good source of iron.
Sorry to get all technical on you, but I figured if I threw some positive numbers at you, you wouldn’t notice how UGLY this is!!! 🙂 But seriously, this was good and more importantly, extremely filling. I will definitely be making this again. Tastes good and good for me.
That’s Strange But Good for this Friday. Be sure to check out all of the strangeness going on over at Sprint 2 The Table and don’t forget to leave some comments.
Happy Friday! Go soak some beans…that’s what I’m going to do!!